Just nine days ago Shildon AFC trounced Crook Town, winning 7-0 in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round.Crook visited Dean Street once again on Bank Holiday Monday, 23rd August, for a league fixture. The score, however, was much closer than the last match, with Shildon only winning 3 – 2.
Two early chances fell to Shildon’s Lee Scroggins before the Railwaymen eventually went 1 – 0 up after a Ben Wood cross from the left found Mark Hudson whose long range header beat ‘keeper Ryan Graham. Two minutes later Ben Wood put Michael Rae through on goal, and he slotted home to make it 2–0.
Shildon gifted Crook a lifeline just 3 minutes later. Lee Scroggins committed a silly foul on Crook’s Jason Brazaukas, conceding a penalty which Kalumn Holbrook converted.
Things soon got even worse for Shildon. It was all square on 38 minutes after Shildon were hit on the break. The equaliser came after a long through ball from well inside their own half put Crook’s Jason Brazaukas through and he rounded the keeper.
Half Time: Shildon AFC 2 Crook Town 2
Shildon regained the lead from a corner just 4 minutes into the 2nd half. Despite Crook having 10 players camped in the box, Michael Rae headed on to Paul Connor who turned the ball in from close range through a crowd of players. Thereafter, chances fell to Paul Connor, Sam Garvie, Chris Emms and Lee Scroggins, but all were unable to change chances into goals.
Final Score: Shildon AFC 3 Crook Town 2
Man-of-the-Match: Daniel Moore.
* Taken from Shildon Town Crier
Pictures courtesy of Tom Clegg and are available to view on Flickr